Women & Children's Health Research Unit Patient & Public Involvement

We are looking to expand our Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) Group

The Research Unit does not just involve patients as Research/Trial participants. We are also committed to involving patients and the public in every stage of a research project’s journey. From the development of an idea, through to the sharing of the project’s findings. We feel strongly that consistent involvement and engagement with our patient and public partners in our research, will result in high quality projects that are focussed on patients with outcomes that are important to them. We want to address real world healthcare challenges and improve the care of patients across the NHS, but we can only do this by understanding and listening to the opinion of our patients.

Who is this opportunity for?  
Patients with experience of Obstetrics/Gynaecology/Maternity services or members of the public with an interest in improving Women & Children’s Healthcare through research. 

What does involvement entail?
The Research Unit will host quarterly PPI involvement meetings, with further opportunities in-between, as required. These meetings will usually involve: informal discussions with researchers about their project ideas, helping to review research summaries, and giving the general “lived experience” perspective and advice to our research staff and clinicians. 

The dates and times of all the meetings will be agreed well in advance and we will endeavour to give as much notice as we can. Timings will be varied and flexible to accommodate the group.

The meetings will be held in the Learning and Research building at Southmead Hospital. If anyone has any concerns regarding revisiting the hospital site, please do let us know.

If you are interested in being involved in our PPI group, or would just like some more information please email WCHResearch@nbt.nhs.uk